Family Reunion Fundraising Ideas

Asking family for money can be challenging. And, you probably already asked each family to donate a flat fee for the family reunion but need a little extra cash for some activities. More families will be prepared to share money if they know there is a fundraiser at the family reunion. So announce the fundraiser in advance.Now, for a few fund raising ideas.Items you can sellGet something specially made with the family name to sell for your family reunion fund raiser.Some Items to Sell:Welcome sign with the family name
Garden sign with the family name
Notepad with family name (maybe date and location of the reunion)
Etched glass pie plates or casserole dishes, wine glasses or vase
Family Recipe Book
Embroider or silkscreen hats, t-shirts, polo shirts, jackets, bags
Book with family history stories
Book with current family stories
Photo album of family reunion pictures (to be delivered sometime after the reunion, obviously)
Family photo calendar
Antenna balls
Pens with family nameAuctionAsk family members to submit items to be sold at an auction. They can offer crafts, food items or even a coupon for service, maybe a week at their personal cabin in the mountains. A good auctioneer will keep the auction lively and moving quickly.Silent AuctionA silent auction replaces the auctioneer with paper and pens and works very well with a mix & mingle activity.Label each item for auction and include a blank numbered list for family members to write their names and a price they want to bid for the item. Encourage family members to bid, and outbid each other. Allow a set amount of time for the silent auction.RaffleAgain, invite family members to donate items for a raffle, or use just one large, special prize for the raffle. Then sell tickets for a set price, maybe $1 or $5. You can purchase carnival style tickets from a party store. If you have some high end items you can do a separate raffle for those with different color tickets that cost more.Set a container (like a plastic cup) next to each item for raffle with a label for the item it matches. Have everyone put tickets with their names in the container labeled with the item they are interested in. Dump the tickets from the container to mix them before drawing names to announce a winner for each item. Have a few people available to deliver the goods to waiting family members.Funniest Home VideoFor a $5 or $20 entry fee invite each family to submit their funniest home video. Videos should be 2 minutes or shorter. And announce if they need to be candid, or if they can be staged. Review the videos before the reunion so they can be edited if needed. Keep them family-friendly. The winner should be decided by a panel of judges, from several different families, who have not submitted any videos. Offer a prize for the winner. You can make it monetary or something with the family name engraved on it.Home Movie Invite families to remake a scene from their favorite movie. Set a time limit of 2 minutes or less and charge a $5 entry fee. Review the videos before the reunion so you can keep it family-friendly.Yard SaleAsk family to donate items for a yard sale and hold it in a prominent place-near a busy road. Announce the yard sale in local papers and websites. Many classifieds have sections for yard sales, both printed papers and on-line newspapers. Decide before the yard sale what to do with items that don’t sell. Does everyone want them returned or donated to a thrift store?50/50 Raffle (50% to winner and 50% to reunion)Offer a cash-only raffle. Sell tickets for $1 or $5. At the end of the family reunion draw a single ticket and split the cash 50/50 with the winner, and with the family reunion fundraising coffers.Sports CompetitionPick your favorite sport. And compete. Charge an entry fee to compete and offer a reward for the winner.Miniature Golf TournamentAsk family members to submit miniature golf holes to create a unique golf course for your family reunion. You can do this on a volunteer basis or ask for a submission fee and offer a prize for the best hole. Then, of course, there will be an entry fee to compete in the miniature golf tournament. Make everyone aware if they need to bring their own golf clubs, if golf clubs will be provided, or if those creating the golf holes will need to provide a unique set of clubs for each hole Golf, and the winner take a prize. But the reunion takes the greatest prize from the entry fees.ContestYou know what your family loves to do. Turn it into a contest. Is it art? Is it singing, dancing, theater? Writing? Lop eared bunnies? Scrubbing toilets! I knew I’d find it. Create a contest. Entry fees, prizes, blue ribbons, honorable mentions and judges. Keep most of the money from the entry fees for your reunion fund. And use some for a prize for the winner. And if you get clean toilets out of it…then that’s just awesome!

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How Can A Family Lawyer Help You

The problem with most families is that they tend to wait to be in a hopeless situation before they consider hiring a family lawyer. By the time that happens, they tend to cram when seeking a law firm that will suit them. Why? It is because they have not invested the time to look for a good one before this fiasco ever happened.The marriage is the foundation of your family and if this is broken, the family will probably be broken too. However, if a family already has a family lawyer, it will greatly help the marriage because the lawyer will help the couple to resolve the situation. If the marriage is not working out, the family lawyer can still help the couple in finding the best deal for both parties.Post-DivorceIf your marriage is going down and you have no other choice but to opt for a divorce, a family law firm can definitely help you. You see, it is the job of a family lawyer to help you go through the process of divorce and he can also give you insights on what to do next. In a time of anguish and emotional despair, there is no better person to be with than a person who can handle all these legal proceedings. He can help you move on to the specifics of the divorce which includes the child’s custody and the child’s financial needs.Casualties Of The DivorceWhen a family is together, it shares almost everything together. One parent or both parents will provide the needs of the family while the children go to school and study. However, when a divorce happens, the role for each member of the family is shaken. This is often the reason why the children become discouraged and depressed after a divorce.In order to avoid this situation or at least make the situation better, you need to have a family lawyer. He can help the make the situation better by trying to find an agreement that is best for everyone. This would probably involve how much days the children will spend with a particular parent or how much of the property is going to be shared.The Family Lawyer’s MediationWhen a divorce is about to ensue or if the couple has legal concerns, the family lawyer is called in order to clarify the situation. In case of a divorce, he will clarify to both parties what will happen after this decision they are going to take. In a way, a family lawyer acts as a counselor for the married couple because he will see to it that they are making the right family decision.